Algeria Travel Information
In order to stop the spread of the coronavirus,
Algeria has closed its borders and adopted strict
restrictions on domestic traffic as well. Curfews have
been introduced, including in the capital of Algiers
(from 19 in the evening to 7 in the morning). For more
information about coronavirus, see the section Health.
Terrorism and deprivation of liberty: There
is still a risk of terrorism and kidnapping in
Algeria. The danger is greatest in the border areas
against neighboring countries Mauritania, Mail, Niger,
Libya and Tunisia as well as in isolated mountain areas
in Kabylia. Security in the big cities in the north has
improved in recent years, but the risk of attacks cannot
be ruled out. Authorities regularly report that security
forces have acted against suspected terrorists/groups in
various parts of Algeria. There have been some limited
terrorist incidents in recent years, targeting Algerian
- Countryaah: Algiers is the capital
of Algeria. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
There are few foreign tourists in Algeria, especially
traveling on their own. For security reasons, we
encourage travelers to use reputable travel agencies,
especially in the desert areas. Visitors should only
resort to hotels that have good security and emergency
procedures, for example at international hotel chains.
Foreigners can be targets for terrorists. On January
16, 2013, Statoil's gas production facility at In Amenas
was attacked by an Aqim affiliated terrorist
organization. During the attack, 39 hostages lost their
lives, five of whom were Norwegian citizens. The attack
demonstrated the organization's willingness and ability
to take action against vital national/international
interests in Algeria. The last high-profile kidnapping
was by a French national in Kabylia on September 21,
2014. The Isil-affiliated organization Jund Al Khalifa
is believed to be behind.
Crime: Avoid traveling with
expensive jewelry, watches and other valuables that may
attract unwanted attention. Be especially careful in
populous districts of Algiers such as Bachdjarah,
Belcourt, El-Harrach and Bab el Oued. Always use a local
guide when visiting the Kasbah in Algiers.
It is recommended that you do not walk outdoors after
dark. It is illegal to take pictures of police/security
forces and military installations. Homosexuality is
forbidden. Possession and use of any drug, even in
minimal quantities, is strictly prohibited and severely
Citizens with Norwegian-Algerian (dual) citizenship
must be aware that Algerian authorities consider them
Algerian citizens during their stay in Algeria. This
limits the amount of consular assistance the Norwegian
authorities can provide.
Road safety and transport: Serious
traffic accidents are unfortunately very common, and
great care should be taken in traffic. Rent a car with a
driver rather than driving yourself. Make sure the doors
are always locked. Avoid pirate taxis. Use e.g. taxis
that have been "pre-approved" by serious hotels or by
other serious players. The authorities have roadblocks
in both urban and rural areas. Please note that
sometimes terrorists or criminal actors put up false
roadblocks in the countryside.
Since the winter of 2019, there has been a significant
increase in demonstrations in Algeria. Both resident and
visiting Norwegians should avoid large crowds and
demonstrations. Follow the advice of local authorities
and follow on local media eg. TSA-Algeria and L
Women's security: Algeria is a
relatively conservative society. To avoid attracting
unwanted attention, the embassy recommends covering at
least knees and shoulders. For women traveling alone it
may be appropriate to wear a wedding ring. Be careful in
public transport, and always be in the back seat of
taxis. Unwritten rules have long stated that cafes are
only reserved for men. Women (and some men) go to the
tea lounge (where coffee is also served). Should you be
harassed or run into other problems, scream or create a
scene so police or others can come to your rescue.
Sexual orientation: Homosexuality is
punishable, and society is generally less tolerant of
LGBTIs. Still, it is common for two people of the same
sex to share hotel rooms while traveling.
Natural disasters (earthquakes):
Several smaller earthquakes are recorded each year. The
last major earthquake occurred in January 2018 and
measured 5.0 on Richter's scale. The epicenter was
approx. 65 km southwest of Algiers and was followed by
several minor aftershocks. It is recommended to be alert
and mentally prepared for what to do in an earthquake.
Experts estimate that approx. 1/3 of those killed in
major earthquakes would have survived if they had known
how to deal before, during and just after earthquakes.
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens must have a visa to Algeria.
Passport must be valid for at least six months after
scheduled departure date. You must apply for a visa in
advance of your trip at the Algerian Embassy in Oslo,
Sigurd Syrsgt 2, 0273 Oslo. It is not possible to obtain
a visa at the airport.
A Norwegian man/woman with an Algerian partner must
be aware that common children are considered Algerian
citizens by Algerian authorities. This is true even if
none of the parents have applied for Algerian
citizenship for the child, and even if the child has
Minor Algerian children usually need their father's
consent to leave Algeria.
There are strict rules on what to bring to Algeria.
Toys similar to weapons, drones and binoculars can, for
example. be deprived of Algerian border authorities on
arrival. It must be ensured that pets have the necessary
Algerian Dinars are a non-convertible currency that
can only be exchanged upon arrival in Algeria. The money
must be converted back to convertible currency before
Coronavirus (covid-19): On February
25, the first coronavirus (covid-19) was detected in
Algeria. In order to stop the spread of disease, Algeria
has closed its borders and adopted strict restrictions
on domestic traffic as well. Curfews have been
introduced, including in the capital of Alger (from 19
in the evening to 7 in the morning). Further measures
may be coming.
For more information, see WHO situational updates on
the Coronavirus disease situation report. Also consult
local media, e.g. tsa-algerie.com and l'Expression.
Information is also available on the website of the
Algerian Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends all travel
to the border areas towards Mauritania, Mali, Niger,
Libya and Tunisia as well as the mountain areas of
Kabylia east of the capital Algiers.
The Foreign Ministry advises against any travel that
is not strictly necessary for the West Saharan refugee
camps at Tindouf.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
The quality of health care in Algeria varies. It's
probably best in big cities and in private clinics. One
must expect to pay cash for treatment. Credit cards are
The Institute of Public Health has a recommendation
on the type of vaccines recommended for residence and
travel to Algeria. The World Health Organization (WHO)
has information on the health situation in Algeria.
For trips outside the big cities, it is recommended
that you bring your own first aid equipment. Pregnant
and chronically ill should examine the local health care
in Algeria before any travel. There is a great variety
of which medicines are available at all times, and the
quality of these. Therefore, bring enough medicine for
your journey. Also, always be sure to include a
prescription or medical certificate for prescription
drugs. The cleanliness of the larger hotels is
satisfactory. This also applies to some major
restaurants in the big cities. Drinking water must be
purchased on bottles.
Always carry your passport with you (possibly a
passport copy), in case you are asked to identify
yourself in one of the many checkpoints inside and
In addition to local Arabic dialect, many (well)
speak French. Both languages are used in public
administration. French is the most common business
language. Some younger people speak English.
The current is 220 volts, and you use the same outlet
as in Norway. The voltage can vary, and power outages
occur especially in the summer. Bring a flashlight.
Internet cafes are widespread. Larger hotels also
have wifi. As of summer 2014, there has been 3G coverage
in the big cities. The national Internet domain is.dz,
national telephone code +213. If you are going to buy a
local mobile subscription, you should spend plenty of
time on this.
Almost only international hotels and some major
restaurants in Algiers accept credit cards. Otherwise
you pay with cash (dinars). Mastercard/Visa cards can be
used for local currency withdrawals in most ATMs.
Friday and Saturday are holidays. Opening hours on
weekdays are usually 0800-1200 and 1300-1700. Grocery
stores have longer opening hours. Some restaurants also
close on Fridays.
Many Algerian holidays are moving because they follow
the Muslim lunar calendar. The end of the fasting month
of Ramadan (Aid El Fitr) and the day of sacrifice (Aid
El Adha) are among the most important holidays. New
Year's Day, May 1 (Workers' Day), July 5 (Independence
Day) and November 1 (Revolution Day) are other holidays.
Time difference: At summertime, Norway is one hour
Algeria has a mix of Islamic and secular laws. The
Islamists have a high level of support in the poorer
districts of the big cities, and here traditional
Islamic attire is more in use than in the Algerian
business areas, where the attire is more western. Both
women and men are advised to dress discreetly without
showing too much skin. One should show respect for
religious symbols and customs.